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As would-be newlyweds continue to send off a flurry of "love is patient" and "we still do" postponement emails/letters/and pleas, a growing number of couples are forgoing their mega celebrations altogether and opting for paired-back "minimonies."
In Anna Russell's article "The Rise of the Minimony and The Micro-Wedding," she writes that pandemic couples itching for the alter are opting for micro-weddings (fifty guests or fewer), courthouse weddings, and minimonies.
"A minimony might have ten guests: parents, siblings, an officiant standing at a distance. It has all the components of a normal wedding—ceremony, reception, three-tiered cake—shrunk to pandemic proportions," according to Russell.
When couples pare down the details of their big day, it opens the door of possibilities for bridal outfits. While traditional wedding celebrations may inspire mile-long trains and Disney princess layers, minimonies and civil ceremonies are welcome opportunities for sleek, imaginative and fuss-free bridal outfits.
For plus-size brides who want to uncomplicate their wedding day look and walk down the aisle (courthouse or other) in a laidback manner, we've gathered 20 bridal outfits that are perfect for a civil ceremony. Including your favourites from Adrianna Papell, Reformation, BHLDN and more, shop our picks for one-of-a-kind bridal style.
A glamourous caftan you won't want to change out of, this long-sleeve Rachel Pally dress is also available in black and sizes 1X to 3X.
SHOP IT: Rachel Pally, $273
A beautiful dress for a garden wedding and beyond, Eloquii's linen maxi dress is also available in black.
SHOP IT: Eloquii, $120
A figure-flattering bridal midi dress, this Urban Bliss design features puff sleeves and a side tie design.
SHOP IT: ASOS, $64
Featuring beautiful beaded short sleeves, this plus-size sheath dress is ready for your romantic celebration. The scuba crepe dress is available in sizes 16W to 22W.
SHOP IT: Macy's, $311
For the bride who can't be fussed with dresses, these suit pants feature a luxurious satin waistband and relaxed leg fit.
SHOP IT: David's Bridal, $129
Introducing the dress of your dreams: all eyes will be on you in this beaded plus-size bridal maxi dress.
SHOP IT: ASOS, $316
An undeniably elegant look, this fit-and-flare dress features a flattering empire waist and lace-detail V-neckline.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $198
Make a style statement in this seriously cool bridal jumpsuit. Featuring a lace bodice and wide-leg pants, the jumpsuit is available in sizes 14 to 28.
SHOP IT: Eloquii, $150
This stunning flutter sleeve satin dress spells wedding day perfection and is available in sizes 16W to 28W.
SHOP IT: David's Bridal, $208
Showcase your style and celebrate your "I do's" in this gorgeous V-neck jumpsuit. The asymmetrical peplum detail is a unique and flattering touch.
Perfect for a courthouse ceremony, this elegant cowl neck midi dress is crafted from a luxurious silky material and available in sizes 16W to 26W.
SHOP IT: BHLDN, $168
This pretty summer dress is crafted from 100 per cent cotton and features a sweetheart neckline for a romantic, bridal-friendly style.
SHOP IT: Mango, $150
This elegant scuba dress features long flared sleeves and is available in sizes 14 to 28.
SHOP IT: Eloquii, $100
One of the brand's best-selling styles, this flattering white dress can be worn on your wedding day and beyond.
SHOP IT: Rachel Pally, $255
A clean and modern short wedding dress, this tea-length style is available in sizes 16W to 30W.
SHOP IT: David's Bridal, $391
An elegant jumpsuit you'll actually re-wear, this soft crepe Adrianna Papell one-piece is available in sizes 14 to 26.
SHOP IT: Adrianna Papell, $199
This romantic midi dress from Reformation would be a dreamy pick for your civil ceremony. Featuring adjustable strap ties and a ruffle edged neckline, the Nikita dress is available in sizes 14 to 24.
SHOP IT: Reformation, $335
Designed with a pretty geometric motif, this plus-size mock-neck halter dress is perfect for summer "I do's."
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $199
A sleek style for a courthouse wedding, this knee-length sheath dress is available in sizes 16 to 28.
SHOP IT: Eloquii, $100
Brides-to-be, we've found your perfect dress. This affordable plus-size bridal dress by Anaya With Love is beyond gorgeous for wedding celebrations.
SHOP IT: ASOS, $159